Thirty Must Read Books of 2020

Thirty Must Read Books of 2020

The above linked article talks about the best books to read in 2020. Many of them were actually published in 2019. I’d be interested to see what the list of books that were published in 2020 looks like. Time will tell.

1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank GreenReport this ad

2. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

3. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

4. The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

5. The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs

6. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

7. One of Us by Craig DiLouie

8. On Hitler’s Mountain by Irmgard A. Hunt

9. High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins

10. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

11. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

12. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

13. Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

14. A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

15. The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

16. The Lost Man by Jane HarperReport this ad

17. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

18. Educated by Tara Westover

19. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

20. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

21. Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

22. No Exit by Taylor Adams

23. The Lying Room by Nicci French

24. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

25. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

26. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

27. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

28. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

29. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

30. Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner

Carnegie Hill

Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up because I didn’t have an audiobook hold available from the library, and this was available. 

I felt that the author tried to touch on many controversial topics – racism, homophobia, classism, suicide, etc – and did none of them well. There were too many characters to cover in such a short book. 

Also, the editor needed a little help with the hospital scene. The description of the oxygen mask and respirator made very little sense. Also, he was sent from the ICU to the ICU ? It didn’t make a lot of sense all around. A little bit of research would have made a world of comprehension. 

Did we really need the food descriptions to be so detailed.? Who cares what the characters had for breakfast? 

I wasn’t thrilled about the way the author wrote a lot of the female characters as jealous. Each time a man didn’t answer his phone, the female character assumed he was out cheating. Most women wouldn’t necessarily assume this. Dead on the street somewhere, sure. But ourt cheating? Not the first thought unless she had a guilty conscience herself, and not one of the female characters did, other than one who flirted a little with a doctor. 

I rated it with 3 stars because with a little more editing, and a longer story, it could have been good. It just missed good and hit ok. 

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YA LGBT books 2020

YA LGBT books

The above linked article talks about upcoming YA LGBT books that will be released in 2020. Some of them look really good.

WE USED TO BE FRIENDS BY AMY SPALDING

SCAVENGE THE STARS BY TARA SIM

DARK AND DEEPEST RED BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE

STORM OF LIFE BY AMY ROSE CAPETTA

DEATHLESS DIVIDE BY JUSTINA IRELAND

BELLE REVOLTE BY LINSEY MILLER

WE UNLEASH THE MERCILESS STORM BY TEHLOR KAY MEJIA

SPRING

THE FIRST 7 BY LAURA POHL

HAVENFALL BY SARA HOLLAND

WHEN WE WERE MAGIC BY SARAH GAILEY

WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN BY E LATIMER

THE MIDNIGHT LIE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

DANGEROUS REMEDY BY KAT DUNN

A PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN: 16 STORIES OF BLACK GIRL MAGIC, RESISTANCE, AND HOPE EDITED BY PATRICE CALDWELL

SUPER ADJACENT BY CRYSTAL CESTARI

WE WERE PROMISED SPOTLIGHTS BY LINDSEY SPROUL

MUSIC FROM ANOTHER WORLD BY ROBIN TALLEY

LOOK BY ZAN ROMANOFF

QUEEN OF COIN & WHISPERS BY HELEN CORCORAN

GIRL CRUSHED BY KATIE HEANEY

SWORD IN THE STARS BY AMY ROSE CAPETTA AND CORI MCCARTHY

LATE TO THE PARTY BY KELLY QUINDLEN

WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE BY TOM RYAN AND ROBIN STEVENSON

THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA BY MAGGIE TOKUDA-HALL

THE HENNA WARS BY ADIBA JAIGIRDAR

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN BY MELISSA BASHARDOUST

OUT NOW: QUEER WE GO AGAIN EDITED BY SAUNDRA MITCHELL

I KISSED ALICE BY ANNA BIRCH

SUMMER

SIX ANGRY GIRLS BY ADRIENNE KISNER

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN BY LEAH JOHNSON

THE DARK TIDE BY ALICIA JASINKA

THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE BY CIARA SMYTH

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT BY AMINAH MAE SAFI

THE CIRCUS ROSE BY BETSY CORNWELL

I’LL BE THE ONE BY LYLA LEE

YOU’RE NEXT BY KYLIE SCHACHTE

NOT YOUR HERO BY C.B. LEE

CINDERELLA IS DEAD BY KALYNN BAYRON

LOVELESS BY ALICE OSEMAN

LOVE IS FOR LOSERS BY WIBKE BRUEGGEMANN

GHOST WOOD SONG BY ERICA WATERS

THE AFTERLOVE BY TANYA BYRNE

FALL

THROWAWAY GIRLS BY ANDREA CONTOS

WHO I WAS WITH HER BY NITA TYNDALL

MISS METEOR BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE AND TEHLOR KAY MEJIA

UNDER SHIFTING STARS ALEXANDRA LATOS

BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL BY MARA FITZGERALD

ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE BY SABINA KHAN

TELL NO TALES BY SAM MAGGS AND KENDRA WELLS

Off to a good start?

I wrote my what are you reading Wednesday post earlier this week, and figured out how to schedule it. I planned on touching it up a bit before actually posting it, but it decided it was good enough. All the info was there, but it wasn’t exactly in complete sentences. It got posted on Wednesday, and that was my goal for the year. So, I guess I started out ok.

I am really enjoying my kindle/library book and hope to finish it today. I woke up because of coughing from asthma and allergies, so I cancelled my other plans for today.

Today isn’t going to be as much of an adventure as I thought, but I can at least attempt productivity. I managed to feed the cats so far. They appreciated it.

Happy 2020!

Looking Towards 2020

Every year, I set goals. Health goals, general life goals, reading goals, etc. This year, I’m starting to think about them a little earlier than New Year’s Eve.

I have set a goal of 1000 miles between 1/1 and 12/31 this year. It breaks down to just over 2.5 miles a day. Doable. The challenge here is to remember to log the miles.

I am setting my book goal at 100 books for 2020. I easily hit my goal of 75 books this year. I can do this.

I am going to seriously work on shrinking my book stack. My plan of attack is to have a book stack book, a kindle book, a library book, and an audiobook going constantly. This sounds impossible, but I pretty much do this anyway. I also have to add in the bookclub books, which have deadlines. I am going to try harder to get my “What Are You Reading Wednesday” blog posts posted weekly, and on time. We’ll see.

I have a general organization goal. I still have to define exactly what I’m trying to get accomplished, so I am still thinking on this one.

I am going to attempt exercise 5 days a week, which involves getting my daughters and the dogs involved. I also have to get myself up and out of the house early to get to the gym and showered before work. This is a two part project. Organization the night before, and getting to sleep on time. I know I feel better when I’ve been to the gym. I have managed to get the majority of my foot pain under control, so that helps a lot.

I have signed up for a 5k in January. At this point, I’m walking it. I have also signed up for a half marathon in November, which means I need to get myself moving, soon, to train.

I have a lot of big plans for the year. Let’s hope I can take chunks out of the goals and make it happen.